Móstoles

Móstoles

The town was formally organized in 1565 as a corporación de derecho público. It is the 27th largest city in Spain, and second largest in the Comunidad de Madid with around 210,300 residents. Locals are called mostoleño/a, mostolense and mostolero. The town is located around 17 km southwest of Madrid, along the A5 motorway.

History

Laura Muñoz and her partner, Aroa Montano, squatted in an apartment in the town with their three children from July 2016 until they were kicked out by the Catholic Church until August 2016 so the Church owned apartment could be occupied by some priests. The couple said a priest had visited them, chatted with them and then shorly after that, eviction proceedings were launched by the diocese of Getafe. The couple alleged that attempts to get rid of them were based on their sexual orientation. They said they had little choice but to squat in the apartment as they had been seeking social rent since 2014 and had made no progress. The courts ruled against them in the eviction proceedings and required the couple to pay €270 each to the Catholic Church.

Research in 2016 by midwives at several public hospitals in the Comunidad de Madrid on lesbian mothers found that many were forced to go to private healthcare for fertility treatment, that they faced discrimination in public health by some professionals, that there was more paperwork for them than heterosexual couples. Lesbian couples were concerned about criticism of their children and lack of support for lesbian women becoming parents. Both mothers though did feel equal emotional bonds to their children. Midwives from Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Hospital Universitario de Móstoles and Hospital Universitario Fundación de Alcorcón participated in the study.

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Ayuntamiento de Móstoles, located at Plaza de España, 1, is the city hall building for the town. The local government is compared of a mayor and 28 councilors. The town government announced on 8 March 2016 that they would create an office to assist victims of lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual phobia. The decision to do so was a result of an alarming increase in the number of attacks on members of the LGBT community in 2014 and 2015. They were one of the first towns to launch such an office. They also announced that they would join the Observatorio Madrileño contra la Homofobia, Transfobia y Bifobia, the first townhall in the region to become a member.

Hospital Universitario de Móstoles, located at Calle Río Júcar, was inaugurated in 1983. The hospital has a maternity ward, where married lesbian mothers have given birth. Midwives at the hospital have studied the issues of lesbian mothers under their care, with the study published in 2016.

IES Juan Gris, located at Avenida de la Onu, 87, is a public school in the city. In 2017, they were one of seven schools in the´Móstoles area to receive a talk by members of Arcópoli on sexual diversity. One of the presentations as part of these talks was titled, “¿Qué es ser lesbiana?” Another was titled “¿Qué es la LGTBIfobia?” As a result of the presentations, the school ended up on a list run by Mis Hijos Mi Decisión, an organization that objects to the “indoctrination of children” in terms of moral education.

IES Los Rosales, located at Calle Tulipán, 4, is a public school in the city. In 2017, they were one of seven schools in the´Móstoles area to receive a talk by members of Arcópoli on sexual diversity. One of the presentations as part of these talks was titled, “¿Qué es ser lesbiana?” Another was titled “¿Qué es la LGTBIfobia?” As a result of the presentations, the school ended up on a list run by Mis Hijos Mi Decisión, an organization that objects to the “indoctrination of children” in terms of moral education.

IES Manuel de Falla, located at Avenida Olímpica, 16, is a public school in the city. In 2017, they were one of seven schools in the´Móstoles area to receive a talk by members of Arcópoli on sexual diversity. One of the presentations as part of these talks was titled, “¿Qué es ser lesbiana?” Another was titled “¿Qué es la LGTBIfobia?” As a result of the presentations, the school ended up on a list run by Mis Hijos Mi Decisión, an organization that objects to the “indoctrination of children” in terms of moral education.

IES Rayuela, located at Calle Magallanes, 14, is a public school in the city. In 2017, they were one of seven schools in the´Móstoles area to receive a talk by members of Arcópoli on sexual diversity. One of the presentations as part of these talks was titled, “¿Qué es ser lesbiana?” Another was titled “¿Qué es la LGTBIfobia?” As a result of the presentations, the school ended up on a list run by Mis Hijos Mi Decisión, an organization that objects to the “indoctrination of children” in terms of moral education.

IES Velázquez, located at Calle Pintor Velazquez, 25, is a public school in the city. In 2017, they were one of seven schools in the´Móstoles area to receive a talk by members of Arcópoli on sexual diversity. One of the presentations as part of these talks was titled, “¿Qué es ser lesbiana?” Another was titled “¿Qué es la LGTBIfobia?” As a result of the presentations, the school ended up on a list run by Mis Hijos Mi Decisión, an organization that objects to the “indoctrination of children” in terms of moral education.

UFIL Pablo Neruda, located at Avenida Carlos V, is a public school in the city. In 2017, they were one of seven schools in the´Móstoles area to receive a talk by members of Arcópoli on sexual diversity. One of the presentations as part of these talks was titled, “¿Qué es ser lesbiana?” Another was titled “¿Qué es la LGTBIfobia?” As a result of the presentations, the school ended up on a list run by Mis Hijos Mi Decisión, an organization that objects to the “indoctrination of children” in terms of moral education.

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